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• Cool Sports officials announce the addition of Ashley Dawes as their new Soccer Director at 110 S. Watt Road in Farragut. The Wisconsin native grew up playing indoor soccer and was a member of the eight-time state champion, FC Milwaukee club team and the 2000 High School National Championship team, Waukesha Catholic Memorial. The four-time All-conference and All-state player also was a member of the Wisconsin Olympic Development team throughout high school. Dawes then traveled south to play college soccer under head coach Angela Kelly at The University of Tennessee. As a central midfielder, Dawes was a member of four SEC Championship teams, made three trips to the NCAA Sweet-16 tourney and was a three-time member of the SEC All-Academic Team. After earning her undergraduate degree in sport management and business administration, Dawes remained at UT under Kelly as a graduate assistant while she completed her Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. For the past year, Dawes has been working with Lady Vol Development staff raising money for endowed scholarships for Lady Vol student-athletes.

• More than 3,500 Tennessee senior athletes are gearing up for the Tennessee Senior Olympics state competition. Area seniors ages 50 and older will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities and youthful spirit at the East Tennessee District Senior Olympics, scheduled April 25-30 in Gatlinburg. Individuals will compete within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 49 years old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as their 50th birthday occurs before the end of 2008. Events include basketball 3-on-3 exhibition tournament, bowling, track and field events, 5K, swimming, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, table tennis, basketball skill events, pickleball, badminton, shuffleboard and golf. Top four finalists in each event at the district level will advance to the state competition, July 18-24, in Williamson County. Top finalists from the state competition will qualify for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games slated for August 2009 in San Francisco, Calif.

• Third annual Senior Doubles Tennis Tournament will be held April 11-13 at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. Men, women and mixed doubles formats. Entry forms can be found at local tennis clus and senior recreational areas. Cost is $20 to enter one event, $30 to enter both. Champions and runners-up to receive trophies.

• Covenant Therapy Centers announces expanded free medical service for participants of the 2008 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Runners of the Sunday, March 30 event who discover bothersome aches, pains, blisters, sprains or any other post-race medical concerns are welcome at one of the following post-marathon injury walk-in clinics: 3:30-6:30 p.m., March 31, at Methodist Therapy Center, Oak Ridge; 1-3:30 p.m., April 1, at Fort Sanders Therapy Center, Halls; 3:30-6:30 p.m., April 1, at Parkwest Therapy Center, Fort Sanders West, and 3-6 p.m., April 2, at Fort Loudoun Therapy Center, Lenoir City. Clinics are open to participants in all of the running events, which includes the marathon, half marathon, relay, and 5K. Appointments are not required to see the orthopedic or wound care specialists. Marathon event participants need only to bring a photo ID and bib number to one of the above clinic locations during the specified time. For more information, including maps and directions, call 865-541-4500 or visit http://www.covenanttherapy.com. As for the event, participants may run or walk in a 5K, relay, half marathon or full marathon. More team info available at www.covenant-health.com or www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

• Pat Summitt Golf Tournament benefiting Helen Ross McNabb Center is Monday, April 21, at Cherokee Country Club. Awards will be given each round for the low gross team, low net team, low gross individual, low net individual, closest to the pin and longest drive. Tournament features a select drive format (one best gross ball of foursome and one best net ball of foursome). Player field is limited to 72 players each round. Shotguns begin at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Team registration closes Friday, April 4. For more information contact Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or Emily.ledford@mcnabb.org

• City of Knoxville offers a new co-ed softball league this year for women ages 55 and up and for men 60 and up. This non-competitive league is free for the participants and games will be played in the mornings. For more information on the league, contact Bud Nolan at 865-429-2044 or Fred Bright at 865-675-3296. For more info about these leagues, contact your local commissioner. The 2008 Commissioners List is posted at www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation.asp

• Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2008 season sign-ups remain open for Mantle/Mack age group (ages 15-18). Forms available at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in Farragut Towne Square) or go online to download a form at www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Forms located under “handouts” section. Return completed forms to Pak Mail. For more information, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit Web site.

• Summer Travel 14U baseball team needs players. For more info, contact coach Lynn at 865-310-6631.

• Fifteenth Annual Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, on Fort Loudoun Lake. Event will begin at the Tellico Canal Ramp, with ease off at safe light. Tourney registration fee is $300 per boat (two man team). Pre-event registration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Tellico Canal Ramp Pavilion. Registration forms are available at www.mcnabbcenter.org For more info, contact Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or eledford@mcnabb.org

• Tryouts for 9-and-under traveling competitive baseball team’s 2008 season are now being accepted. Call Greg Monger at 865-591-1534 or Don Simpson at 865-388-3467. 

• Officials with U.S. Transplant Games’ Team East Tennessee, an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants, is currently scouting for athletes, volunteers and sponsors to participate in the bi-annual Games, to be held July 11-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. To become involved as an athlete, call the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 in Knoxville; or visit the Web site: www.kidneyetn.org.

• Loudon County Habitat for Humanity invites women golfers to play the Tennessee National Golf Course Monday, April 7. Team registration forms available at www.loudoncountyhabitat.org. Click on “Habitat golf” to download the registration form, or to find out about event sponsorship packages. For more info, call Loudon County Habitat office at 865-640-5578.

• Harriman’s Riverfront Park will host the Annual Rittenhouse/Emory River Half-Marathon and 5K beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 19. Race entry forms may be downloaded from Knoxville Track Club Web site at www.harrimanpolice.com. Goal of the event is to help build Roane County Fallen Officer Memorial.

 

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